- Gihan Perera is a futurist, online presenter, conference speaker, and author.
- Forbes rated him the #5 social media influencer worldwide - and #1 in Australia - in his area of expertise.
- He is one of Australia’s leading online presenters, and has been delivering online presentations since 2009.
- His latest book Disrupted helps leaders navigate change and disruption as a result of COVID-19.
- Fit for the future
Thriving, Not Just Surviving, in a Fast-Changing World
COVID-19 transformed our world – at home, at work, and in every other area of our lives. You might have heard people say, “We’re all in the same boat”, but that’s not true. We’re all in the same storm, but with different boats to navigate through that storm. It didn’t affect us all in the same way, and we don’t all have the same resources to deal with it.
We also face change and disruption from many other directions, such as artificial intelligence, social media, climate change, new generations entering the workforce, more people working from home, and a focus on diversity and inclusion.
We don’t know what “the next normal” will look like, but we need to navigate an uncertain and volatile future, and we all have the opportunity to shape that future. Explore the biggest changes in your industry, learn practical tools for better decision-making, and develop the new skills you need to thrive in a fast-changing world.
- Understand the most important short-term and long-term trends shaping your industry
- Take more control of your own future – even in uncertainty and change
- Learn how to be an active learner and possibility thinker
- Accelerating Digital
High-Tech Meets High-Touch
COVID-19 has changed the way we connect, and 2020 will be remembered as the year that truly accelerated digital transformation in everyday life – including working from home, QR codes, the Netflix boom, the exponential growth of artificial intelligence, and new ways to shop and buy. Whether you’re dealing with customers, engaging with colleagues, or planning your career, accelerating digital boosts productivity and performance, enhances service, and keeps you ahead of the game in a fast- moving world.
Inside organisations, employee expectations have changed, and many employees want the benefits they gain from a more digital-enabled workplace. On the outside, customers also expect better experiences, influenced by their experiences from the digital world. For smart, savvy people, accelerating digital is a real game-changer that gives you a competitive edge in your career, team, and organisation.
- Understand the three biggest ways the world has become more digital (and three ways it hasn’t)
- Discover four ways to be more digital-enabled in your everyday work
- Embrace a digital-first mindset in your personal and professional life
The Future of Leadership in a Fast-Changing World
COVID-19 shook up our lives in ways we couldn’t imagine, but the real disruption is still to come. We are managing the health crisis well, but it has left a social crisis and economic crisis in its wake. More than ever, we need leaders to step up and lead the way through this time of uncertainty and rapid change.
A crisis doesn’t create leaders – it amplifies them. COVID-19 has amplified the best and worst of leadership. In “normal” times, many organisations tolerate mediocre leaders. But in a crisis, those leaders are ruthlessly exposed. The best leaders treat their people as people, but know performance still matters. They know how to plan from the head – to achieve their business objectives – but lead with their heart – to bring people along on the journey.
Successful leaders engage the minds and hearts of their stakeholders, leverage the talents of their team, and provide confidence and clarity in an uncertain future.
- Understand how COVID-19 has changed our priorities
- Discover how smart, savvy leaders are navigating through crisis, recovery, and growth
- Learn how to leverage individual skills and talents to create a more agile, resilient, and “antifragile” organisation
- Reimagining the Workplace
A New Vision for The Future of Work
If you think there’s been a war for talent, you ain’t seen nothing yet! COVID-19 has changed forever the workplace of the future, and has transformed when, where, and how we work – with social distancing, a focus on health and hygiene, more people working from home, virtual collaboration, global teams, and reshaping public transport and CBDs.
We have also accelerated other trends putting pressure on the old way of work – including diversity and inclusion, Generation Z in the workforce, AI and automation in every corner of work, and a renewed focus on purpose and meaning.
The future of work will never be the same. In a future where it will be even more important to attract the smart, talented, savvy people with the skills you need for future-proofing your organisation, smart leaders are already looking for the competitive edge to build the best workplace on earth.
- Understand how COVID-19 has changed workplace priorities forever
- Discover the five things the best employees want from their workplace
- Know what it takes to create the best workplace on Earth
Gihan was excellent with the crowd. He adapted his presentation to work with the demographic of our attendees and was relatable, funny and very educational. He was excellent to work with in the briefing phase of the event preparation and he asked intelligent and targeted questions to really get to know his audience. Gihan was professional on arrival with confirming his AV requirements, slick in his delivery and a dream guest speaker to work with. Thanks Gihan!
Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Gihan’s professional, thorough and collaborative approach were evident in all our dealings with him. Framed by Gihan’s entertaining presentation style, his relevant knowledge of key issues in local and global context, practical tips and tools for the workplace, and his understanding of emerging trends resonated with the group and contributed to our leadership conference’s success. Overwhelmingly positive feedback and light-bulb moments from delegates.
Energy & Fertilisers Corporate Communications Manager
Gihan’s candid style and humour won over the packed house from the moment he began speaking. It came as no surprise when he received the highest rating of all the guest speakers we had on the day. If you get a chance to bring him into your organisation or conference, I strongly recommend you do so before someone else books him.
Marketing Manager – Corporate Solutions
Gihan's presentation was a great opening session at our recent senior leaders forum. He cleverly integrated his knowledge and facts about technology evolution and other global disruptions into a compelling story about the change occurring in our working lives, and how we can best respond to it as leaders and individuals.
Gihan was an excellent choice of speaker who was motivational, humorous and thought-provoking. With a Congress objective to inspire and challenge delegates, Gihan fulfilled the brief perfectly.
General Manager WA
Our delegates at the Engineers Australia WA leaders conference this year were enthralled by Gihan’s keynote address. His energy and enthusiasm (with a good dose of humour) engaged the audience and set the scene for the rest of the day.
National Events Manager
Leading Age Services Australia Ltd
We were extremely happy with Gihan as were our delegates for the Australian Association of Practice Management conference held in Perth 2017. Not only was I personally impressed with his professionalism and thoroughness but Gihan received an extremely high rating from the attendees (in fact one of the highest for our 4 day conference) and I would recommend him to anyone wanting to be informed, entertained and impressed! We need more Gihan’s in the world!
Australian Association of Practice Management
We had the pleasure of Gihan Perera presenting our biggest 2 Day Bootcamp for 2017. Gihan was one of many high profile speakers at our event and was regarded as the best of the entire event by a number of attendees. Gihan’s presentation was engaging, funny, insightful and inspiring, delivered with intelligence and charm. I could have listened to him speak all day. Highly recommend, five stars!
Gihan set a new standard for our members. Great value, his content was fresh and new, plus inspirational and aspirational all at the same time. From an organiser's perspective he was extremely efficient and effective, delivered exceptional value and made my job of delivering excellence so much easier.
Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals (SOCAP)
One of, if not the, most professional and easy to understand presentations I have ever attended. Succinct, to the point, and full of humour that helped me absorb the content much quicker than I would have otherwise.
Maggie Dixon Real Estate
Fantastic! Feedback was all positive and I heard that people were leaving to go and get their colleagues to come. This was the best attended non-mandatory company-wide briefing we have had in the 7 years I've been here
Customer Insights Manager
Gihan really hit the mark at our International Conference. His unique message and humour engaged my diverse member audience and left them feeling inspired and empowered. I have worked with Gihan over many years and I am always impressed with how he evolves his presentations with the most current and future trends.
Professionals Real Estate Group
Polished, and rated in the top 3 presenters by most of our attendees. From my perspective as a conference organiser, you were fantastic to deal with.
Council of Queensland Insurance Brokers (CQIB)
I was very happy with what you did to personalise the session and make it so practical. Genuine take home value that brokers can implement to make a positive impact on their businesses
Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA)
We were very appreciative of the work and preparation you invested in our National Summit. In the feedback, your presentation was listed as one of the most valuable features of the Summit.
Allianz Global Assistance
Presentation rated very highly, interesting, amusing and generally enjoyed by all
Local Government Managers Australia Queensland
We loved it and had great feedback on your keynote. Bravo!
Group Training Australia
Gihan is an engaging speaker with a wonderful way of making sense of the many wild and wonderful visions of the future, and transposing them into what it might really mean for normal mortals!
AMP Financial Planners Association Ltd
Gihan gave our audience an engaging and entertaining presentation. Importantly he adapted his key messages for relevance to our pharmaceutical industry. His liaison with our conference secretariat was professional at all times.
Pharmacy Guild of Australia
After excellent client feedback from last year's engagement, we invited Gihan back to deliver two new presentations. Again Gihan was outstanding. His first presentation was insightful and thought provoking, and his second - in a workshop format - was interactive and highly practical. Gihan is experienced, versatile and easy to work with, and audiences love him. We'll continue to use work with him again and again.
Founder & CEO
Gihan is an expert at connecting with an audience and his keynote presentations at two Group Training National Conferences have generated overwhelmingly positive feedback from delegates. The vast majority of people rating your session gave it a top score of 5 (awesome) for both content and relevance. Thank you for delivering an entertaining and productive close to the conference.
National Communications Manager
Group Training Australia